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John W. Mitchell (1917–2005)


He was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2001 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to film.

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The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Bridge on the River Kwai Sound Department
From Russia with Love
From Russia with Love Sound Department
Live and Let Die
Live and Let Die Sound Department
Diamonds Are Forever
Diamonds Are Forever Sound Department


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 1998 The Dance of Shiva (Short) (sound consultant)
 1986 Manhunter (sound mixer - as John Mitchell)
 1985 Plenty (sound recordist)
 1984 A Passage to India (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1984 The Bounty (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1983 The Scarlet and the Black (TV Movie) (sound mixer - as John Mitchell)
 1982 Witness for the Prosecution (TV Movie) (sound mixer - as John Mitchell)
 1982 Evil Under the Sun (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1982 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (TV Movie) (sound mixer - as John Mitchell)
 1981 The Flame Trees of Thika (TV Mini-Series) (sound mixer - 7 episodes)
- The Drums of War (1981) ... (sound mixer)
- Safari (1981) ... (sound mixer)
- A Real Sportsman (1981) ... (sound mixer)
- Friends in High Places (1981) ... (sound mixer)
- Happy New Year (1981) ... (sound mixer)
 1980 The Mirror Crack'd (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1980 Raise the Titanic (sound mixer: Europe - as John Mitchell)
 1980 Rough Cut (sound mixer - as John Mitchell)
 1980 Silver Dream Racer (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1979 Yesterday's Hero (sound mixer)
 1979 Lost and Found (sound mixer - as John Mitchell)
 1979 Hurricane (sound recordist)
 1979 Murder by Decree (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1978 Death on the Nile (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1977 Valentino (sound mixer - as John Mitchell)
 1977 Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini-Series) (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1976 It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet (sound recordist)
 1976 Shout at the Devil (sound - as John Mitchell)
 1975 Alfie Darling (sound mixer - as John Mitchell)
 1975 Rachel's Man (sound recordist)
 1974 Gold (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1974 The Black Windmill (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1973 No Sex Please: We're British (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1973 Live and Let Die (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1973 Baxter! (sound mixer - as John Mitchell)
 1973 Baffled! (TV Movie) (sound recordist)
 1972 Sleuth (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1972 Double Take (sound) / (sound recordist)
 1972 All Coppers Are... (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1971 Diamonds Are Forever (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1971 Le Mans (sound mixer)
 1971 When Eight Bells Toll (sound recordist)
 1969 On Her Majesty's Secret Service (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1968 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1967 Billion Dollar Brain (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1967 You Only Live Twice (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1967 Casino Royale (sound)
 1966 Arrivederci, Baby! (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1966 Arabesque (sound mixer)
 1965 The Pleasure Girls (sound mixer - as John Mitchell)
 1965 The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (sound recordist)
 1965 Mister Moses (sound recordist)
 1964 Agent 8 3/4 (sound recordist)
 1963 Bitter Harvest (sound recordist)
 1963 From Russia with Love (sound recordist)
 1963 Call Me Bwana (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1963 This Sporting Life (sound recordist)
 1962 The Fast Lady (sound recordist)
 1962 Waltz of the Toreadors (sound recordist)
 1962 Crooks Anonymous (sound recording)
 1961 Ghost Squad (TV Series) (sound recordist - 5 episodes)
- The Broken Doll (1961) ... (sound recordist)
- High Wire (1961) ... (sound recordist)
- Hong Kong Story (1961) ... (sound recordist)
- Bullet with My Name on It (1961) ... (sound recordist)
- Ticket for Blackmail (1961) ... (sound recordist)
 1961 The Man in the Back Seat (sound recordist)
 1961 A Coming-Out Party (sound recordist)
 1961 House of Mystery (sound recordist)
 1961 Seven Keys (sound recordist)
 1961 I Promised to Pay (sound recordist)
 1960 Sword of Sherwood Forest (sound mixer - as John Mitchell)
 1960 The Grass Is Greener (sound recordist)
 1960 The Bulldog Breed (sound recordist - as John H. Mitchell)
 1960 Man Who Couldn't Walk (sound recordist)
 1960 The Boy Who Stole a Million (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1960 Conspiracy of Hearts (sound recordist)
 1960 The Battle of the Sexes (sound recordist - uncredited)
 1959 Our Man in Havana (sound recordist)
 1959 Upstairs and Downstairs (sound recordist)
 1959 The Heart of a Man (sound recordist)
 1959 The 39 Steps (sound recordist)
 1959 Operation Amsterdam (sound recordist - uncredited)
 1958 Floods of Fear (sound recordist)
 1958 The Wind Cannot Read (sound recordist)
 1958 Rooney (sound recordist)
 1957 Windom's Way (sound recordist)
 1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai (sound - as John Mitchell)
 1957 The Beasts of Marseilles (sound recordist)
 1957 Miracle in Soho (sound recordist)
 1957 Dangerous Youth (sound recordist)
 1957 The Prince and the Showgirl (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1956 Man of Africa (sound recordist)
 1956 The Spanish Gardener (sound recordist)
 1956 Reach for the Sky (sound recordist)
 1956 The Iron Petticoat (sound recordist)
 1956 Moby Dick (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1956 Tears for Simon (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1955 An Alligator Named Daisy (sound mixer)
 1955 Doctor at Sea (sound recordist)
 1955 Above Us the Waves (sound recordist)
 1955 One Good Turn (sound recordist)
 1954 Chance Meeting (sound recordist)
 1954 Doctor in the House (sound recordist)
 1954 You Know What Sailors Are (sound recordist)
 1953 A Day to Remember (sound recording)
 1953 Personal Affair (sound recordist)
 1953 Innocents in Paris (sound recordist)
 1953 Malta Story (sound recordist)
 1953 Genevieve (sound recordist - uncredited)
 1953 Top of the Form (sound mixer)
 1952 Made in Heaven (sound)
 1952 Tonight at 8:30 (sound recordist)
 1952 Penny Princess (sound recordist)
 1952 The Stranger in Between (sound recordist)
 1951 The African Queen (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1951 Cry, the Beloved Country (sound recordist)
 1951 Island Rescue (sound recordist)
 1951 Hotel Sahara (sound recordist)
 1951 Night Without Stars (sound recordist)
 1951 Lucky Nick Cain (sound - as John Mitchell)
 1950 The Clouded Yellow (sound recordist)
 1950 The Naked Heart (sound recordist)
 1950 Trio (sound recordist)
 1950 Waterfront Women (sound recordist)
 1950 So Long at the Fair (sound recordist - uncredited)
 1950 Operation Disaster (sound recordist)
 1949 The Gay Adventure (sound - as John Mitchell)
 1949 The Rocking Horse Winner (sound recordist)
 1949 The Amazing Mr. Beecham (sound recordist)
 1949 Kind Hearts and Coronets (recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1949 The Perfect Woman (sound recordist)
 1949 The History of Mr. Polly (sound recordist)
 1948 Another Shore (recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1948 Sleeping Car to Trieste (sound recordist - as J.W. Mitchell)
 1948 Saraband (recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1948 Daybreak (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1948 Hamlet (sound recorder)
 1948 No Orchids for Miss Blandish (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1947 Fame Is the Spur (sound recordist)
 1947 I Became a Criminal (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1947 The Upturned Glass (sound recordist - as John Mitchell)
 1947 Odd Man Out (production sound mixer - uncredited)
 1946 Great Expectations (sound effects recordist - uncredited)
 1946 A Girl in a Million (sound recordist)
 1940 The Thief of Bagdad (sound assistant - uncredited)
 1940 Lady in Distress (boom operator - uncredited)
 1940 Blackout (boom operator - uncredited)
 1939 The Lion Has Wings (sound - uncredited)
 1939 The Fugitive (boom operator - uncredited)
 1939 Shadows of the Underworld (boom operator - uncredited)
 1939 Goodbye, Mr. Chips (boom operator - uncredited)
 1939 The Four Feathers (boom operator - uncredited)
 1939 The Spy in Black (boom operator - uncredited)
 1938 The Rebel Son (boom operator - uncredited)
 1938 Queen of Destiny (boom operator - uncredited)
 1938 We're Going to Be Rich (boom operator - uncredited)
 1938 The Challenge (boom operator - uncredited)
 1938 The Divorce of Lady X (boom operator - uncredited)
 1937 I, Claudius (boom operator - uncredited)
 1937 The Rat (boom operator - uncredited)
 1937 The Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel (boom operator - uncredited)
 1937 Victoria the Great (boom operator - uncredited)
 1937 Knight Without Armor (boom operator - uncredited)
 1937 Under the Red Robe (boom operator - uncredited)
 1937 Troopship (boom operator - uncredited)
 1937 Elephant Boy (boom operator - uncredited)
 1937 Thunder in the City (boom operator - uncredited)
 1937 Wings of the Morning (boom operator - uncredited)
 1936 The Conquest of the Air (boom operator - uncredited)
 1936 Rembrandt (boom operator - uncredited)
 1936 Southern Roses (boom operator - uncredited)
 1936 Laburnum Grove (sound assistant - uncredited)
 1936 Cheer Up (sound assistant - uncredited)
 1935 No Limit (sound recordist - uncredited)
 1935 Midshipman Easy (sound assistant - uncredited)
 1935 The Silent Passenger (sound - uncredited)
 1935 Loves of a Dictator (sound assistant - uncredited)
 1935 The Public Life of Henry the Ninth (sound camera assistant - uncredited)
 1934 Lorna Doone (sound assistant - uncredited)
 1934 Sing As We Go! (sound assistant - uncredited)
 1934 Java Head (sound assistant - uncredited)
 1934 The Secret of the Loch (sound assistant - uncredited)
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Alternate Names:

J.W. Mitchell | John H. Mitchell | John Mitchell

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He was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2001 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to film.

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